Living Wills

By: Associted Press
By: Associted Press

The Terri Schiavo case has drawn unprecedented attention to living wills across the country.

E-mail is flooding state government agencies. Lawyers' offices are swamped with phone calls. Web sites have lit up with downloads or requests for living wills and advance directives.

The Florida-based Aging with Dignity is a national group that provides a standardized living will known as Five Wishes that meets legal requirements in 36 states.

Its president Paul Malley says they used to get request for about 50 to 100. Now they're getting up to 6,000 a day from all over the country and even internationally.

He has doubled his staff from eight to 16 to handle incoming phone lines and Internet requests.

And it is not just older people calling. Lawyers say they are now hearing from many callers in their 40s and 50s.


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